blackout
noun Date: 1913 1. a. a turning off of the stage lighting to separate scenes in a play or end a play or skit; also a skit that ends with a blackout b. a period of darkness enforced as a precaution against air raids c. a period of darkness (as in a city) caused by a failure of electrical power 2. a transient dulling or loss of vision, consciousness, or memory <
an alcoholic blackout
>
3. a. a wiping out ; obliteration b. a blotting out by censorship ; suppression <
a news blackout
>
4. a usually temporary loss of a radio signal 5. the prohibition or restriction of the telecasting of a sports event 6. a time during which a special commercial offer (as of tickets) is not valid — usually used attributively <
blackout dates
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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